In The Marketplace: How a neck injury turned into a small business enterprise

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Starting a business was the furthest thing from Paulette Fellows’ mind when she suffered a neck injury in 2002.

But little did she know that this painful experience would lead her to develop an innovative solution, not just for her own problem, but for countless others through a small business of her own. Paulette created a homegrown business, handcrafting individual pillows right here in America.

At The Marketplace by TheBlaze, this is how stories from our shop owners often begin: a tough problem followed by a great idea. While good ideas don’t always turn into successful start-ups, Paulette’s idea did.

“If you’re meant to be an entrepreneur, if you’ve got a good heart, a good idea and a good product, it’ll get out there,” Paulette says. “That’s what’s happened to us.”

After an appointment with the chiropractor, Paulette went home with a still-aching neck and a recommendation to start sleeping on a rolled-up towel. Because the injury had left Paulette with no curve in her neck, she needed extra support in order to sleep comfortably at night.

The PF Pillow features two comfort zones: Poly-Flex neck support and soft, premium duck feather interior.

It didn’t take long for Paulette to realize that the towel was not doing the trick. She tried pillow after pillow but still continued to struggle each night with restless sleep. Her chiropractor had recommended some specially designed chiropractic pillows, but none of those seemed to work for her either

Finally, on a particularly exasperating night, Paulette blurted to her husband, “Why can’t they make one of these with more support?” His response was, “Well, make one!” Determined as ever, that’s exactly what she did.

Paulette designed a pillow that can benefit anyone who uses an ordinary pillow—not just people with neck injuries like herself. The PF Pillow is like a traditional bed pillow, but with added neck support, featuring two separate comfort zones. An ergonomically designed, Poly-Flex support is hand-positioned in a secure interior compartment and the rest of the pillow is filled with the softest premium duck feathers.

PF Pillows are hand-crafted with a dual-layer fabric and double stitching. Making her product 100 percent in the USA allows Paulette to not only ensure the quality is always there, but also to contribute to the local economy.

“Because of our growth we have been able to contract part of our manufacturing process to two other local Minnesota businesses,” Paulette says. “During peak manufacturing times we have been able to hire, temporarily, workers to help with production and shipping. At one point we had a struggling single mom, a retired senior citizen and young, single father.”

One of the biggest challenges Paulette’s business faces is competing against giant importers that are able to lower their prices by sending their manufacturing overseas.

“Keeping our pricing as reasonable as we can in order to be competitive and still make a profit means slow growth,” Paulette says. But she remains dedicated to her customers’ demand for a quality product that’s made in the USA.

“What really keeps me going,” she says, “is the feedback I get from my customers. People telling me it’s the first time they’ve slept in years. It’s a great feeling knowing you’ve been able to make a difference in someone’s life.”

To learn more about PF Pillows or to discover more American made products in The Marketplace,click here.

On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

You can donate to Grace's legal fund here.

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Disclaimer: The content of this clip does not provide medical advice. Please seek the advice of local health officials for any COVID-19 and/or COVID vaccine related questions & concerns.

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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

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